Hoyt Hired by ‘Miami Herald’/’El Nuevo Herald’ to Iron Out Ethics Policy

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By: E&P Staff

Clark Hoyt, former chief of Knight Ridder?s Washington D.C. bureau, has been hired by The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald to help the newsrooms find common ground when covering the community.

Miami Herald Editor Tom Fiedler made the announcement in a memo to staff this afternoon.

The hire comes on the heels of several ethical issues that have cropped up at the papers. Publisher Jesus Diaz, Jr. left the paper after firing El Nuevo reporters for accepting money from Radio and TV Marti — outlets sponsored by the U.S. government. The reporters had since been reinstated since there were no clear ethic guidelines.

?It?s important to note that Clark isn?t looking to assign blame or to interfere with on-going news decisions,? wrote Fiedler. ?He wants only to enable us to move ahead in our shared missions of bringing first-class journalism to South Florida.”

Clark has been appointed to listen to staffer?s thoughts about events of the past few weeks and to review existing ethics policies.

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